EHT1101:       A Helpful Tool Gets Updated: The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network's Current Activities and Projects          

Speaker:           Greg Kearney / Lisa Hines

Email:               Gkearney@cdc.gov

 

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is designed to inform communities of environmental hazards; identify populations at risk; and inform public health practice and policy while providing public health practitioners and researchers access to data to further explore the relationships between environment and health. Learn how the Health Tracking program has been expanding its Web portal with helpful environmental health tools for you including maps, tables, and charts with data about chemicals and other substances found in the environment and associated adverse health conditions.

 

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The environment we live in plays an important role in our health. However, limited information exists to address basic concerns about our exposure to chemicals and other agents in the environment and the occurrence of adverse health outcomes such as asthma, selected cancers, birth defects and other chronic conditions.

 

In 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission urged Congress that a "Nationwide Environmental Health Tracking Network" be established with the goal of reducing and preventing chronic diseases and increasing our understanding of the relationship between the environment and health.  In response, CDC created the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program and a web-based Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/) to provide data and information on how the environment impacts people’s health.

 

Launched in July 2009, the Tracking Network is a surveillance system of integrated health, exposure and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.  The Tracking Network features maps, tables, and charts with data about chemicals and other substances found in the environment and selected non-infectious diseases and conditions.  The Tracking Network is designed to inform communities of environmental hazards; identify populations at risk and inform public health practice and policy while providing public health practitioners and researchers access to data to further explore the relationships between environment and health.